I set myself free when I finally let go of the baggage that had a stranglehold on me:





Comparison to others


With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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16 Responses to Stranglehold

  1. meye0630 says:

    I want to be able to do this one day.

    • russtowne says:

      A worthy goal! It takes time. They are habits. Every decision you make in the direction of any of these attributes strengthens the positive habits and loosens the stranglehold of the negative ones. You can become freer right now. Today. Every decision. Every day.

      I remind myself that it took a lifetime for me to build the bad habits I focus on being patient with myself as I gradually shed my baggage and lean to fly.

      May you become freer every day of the rest of your life.


  2. utesmile says:

    Getting rid of these is the best and feel really free! Not easy though! Well done!

  3. Mrs. P says:

    Your list of baggage is a pretty universal one…even getting rid of one is quite an accomplishment. I found that letting go of the baggage was a lot like peeling layers of an onion. With each layer I revealed more of my true self…and I genuinely like that person I discovered.

  4. ksbeth says:

    and what a load off of your shoulders. and your heart.

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